Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels When is the last time you went on a journey? We often write our characters through a journey, with obstacles and reactions. Experiencing them for ourselves gives us a better reference to write them. The mundane of every day can often leave us out of touch with our characters, … Continue reading Stuck In Your WIP – Try Taking Your Own Hero’s Journey
Kidlit contests are a great excuse for some butt in chair time. This year I promised myself that I would only enter a select few. Right away I knew that Vivian Kirkfield’s #50preciouswords had to be one of them. The challenge is to write a story using 50 words or less that is appropriate for … Continue reading #50PreciousWords – A New Mission
The other day I was driving behind a box truck and I hate driving behind trucks. If you’ve ever driven behind a truck you know that it is impossible to see past them. How can I enjoy the open road if I can’t see it? So I wished that I wasn’t behind it. At the … Continue reading Are You at a Writing Red Light?
In an effort to celebrate the little wins, I made a Champagne Rejection Badge. Cheers to putting your work out there, #kidlit friends! 🥂 I received a champagne rejection in which the agent loved two out of the five manuscripts sent to them but didn’t feel the same way about the other three. The positives: … Continue reading Are You Making This Query Mistake?
My Patchwork Family written by Ginger Baerg and illustrated by Mikayla Tucker is a lovely story of adoption. The book follows the main character, Nick as his family grows from three to seven. With two family members joining them through adoption. I was fortunate enough to critique this manuscript before publication. Ginger is a critique … Continue reading PbBOOST – My Patchwork Family
Despite the excellent advice of celebrating small wins, I find myself thinking, I’ll celebrate the next win or this win is too small to celebrate. Well let me tell you, that next win comes and goes without celebration. Luckily once a year, Children's author Julie Hedlund, hosts her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series … Continue reading Do You Celebrate Your Writing Wins?
The holidays are here and that means *drum roll* yup, another writing contest. Are you sick of these yet? I hope not because I love a good contest. And who doesn’t love a little holiday cheer. Today’s holiday story is brought to you by Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest. The task: Write a children’s holiday story … Continue reading NEW YEAR’S EVE IS FOR SPARKLES – Susanna Hill Holiday Contest Entry
As an un-agented writer, seeing others celebrating finding agents or signing book deals can be a hard pill to swallow. Not because you aren’t happy for them. We are in the trenches together and I am thrilled for my writer friends. I know first hand that no one deserves it more. But a small voice … Continue reading How Are You Feeling? – Monthly #KidlitSelfCare Chat
I know that we are a week and a half past Halloween but after watching Tammi Sauer’s wonderful webinar with The Writing Barn on Writing A Rollicking Read Aloud that I just had to break it down. During the webinar, a masterclass really, Tammi went over seven ways to help create a good read-aloud. One … Continue reading PB Boost – The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! and A Rollicking Read Aloud Tip From Tammi Sauer
Halloween is on Saturday which means it’s time for...Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest. The challenge: Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words skeleton, creep, and mask. I have been streaming all the past seasons of MasterChef and … Continue reading MonsterChef – 2020 Halloweensie Contest Entry